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Brittany Lawonn, Published April 10 2008

No kidnapping, rape charges will be filed against Fargo man based on woman's accusations

After an investigation by Fargo police, a man won’t face charges after his arrest early Tuesday on suspicion of kidnapping and rape.

Joshua J. Kraft, 22, of Fargo appeared Thursday afternoon on two charges of possessing drug paraphernalia. One of the charges is a felony.

His bail also was reduced from $5,000 or 10 percent bond, down from $20,000 earlier this week.

Cherie Clark, an assistant Cass County state’s attorney, said that information Fargo police learned relating to the alleged kidnapping and rape “would make this case difficult to prosecute.”

Early this week, a woman told police that a man kidnapped her at knifepoint in Moorhead and raped her in Fargo.

The report came less than a week after a kidnapping and attempted rape left Vincent Degidio Jr. shot by officers in an armed confrontation.

On Tuesday, Fargo police arrested Kraft on suspicion of kidnapping, gross sexual imposition, terrorizing and possession of drug paraphernalia after serving a search warrant in the 1400 block of 2nd Ave. S., according to Fargo police Sgt. Jeff Skuza.

The woman went to an emergency room at MeritCare Hospital about 1 a.m. Tuesday and reported that she had been kidnapped by a man with a knife and taken to a house in Fargo and sexually assaulted, Skuza said.

The woman told police she was taken while she was in her vehicle in Moorhead, according to Moorhead police Lt. Shannon Monroe.

The victim and suspect are acquainted and the assault was not a random act, Skuza said.

The woman was treated at MeritCare for some superficial cuts, Skuza said.

Read more Friday in The Forum.